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Commercial Space Launches: FAA Should Update How It Assesses Federal Liability Risk

Description: A letter report issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "According to studies, the United States provides less commercial space launch indemnification for third party losses than China, France, and Russia. These countries put no limit on the amount of government indemnification coverage, which in the United States is limited by the Commercial Space Launch Act Amendments of 1988 (CSLAA). GovernmentsÂ’ commitments to pay have never been tested because there has not been a third party claim that exceeded a private launch companyÂ’s insurance."
Date: July 30, 2012
Creator: United States. Government Accountability Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Commercial Space Launches: FAA Needs Continued Planning and Monitoring to Oversee the Safety of the Emerging Space Tourism Industry

Description: A letter report issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "In 2004, the successful launches of SpaceShipOne raised the possibility of an emerging U.S. commercial space tourism industry that would make human space travel available to the public. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which has responsibility for safety and industry promotion, licenses operations of commercial space launches and launch sites. To allow the industry to grow, Congress prohibited FAA from regulating crew and passenger safety before 2012, except in response to high-risk events. GAO evaluated FAA's (1) safety oversight of commercial space launches, (2) response to emerging issues, and (3) challenges in regulating and promoting space tourism and responding to competitive issues affecting the industry. GAO reviewed FAA's applicable safety oversight processes and interviewed federal and industry officials."
Date: October 20, 2006
Creator: United States. Government Accountability Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Commercial Space Launches: FAA's Risk Assessment Process Is Not Yet Updated

Description: Testimony issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "According to studies, the United States in 2012 provided less commercial space launch indemnification for third party losses than China, France, and Russia. These countries put no limit on the amount of government indemnification coverage which in the U.S. is limited by the Commercial Space Launch Act (CSLA). Governments' commitments to pay have never been tested because there has not been a third party claim that exceeded a private launch company's insurance."
Date: February 4, 2014
Creator: United States. Government Accountability Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department